Jessica Simpson Likens a Breakup to a 'Death in the Family'

08/04/2009 at 06:00 PM EDT

Jessica Simpson Likens a Breakup to a 'Death in the Family'
Did Jessica Simpson see it coming?

In an interview before her split from Tony Romo, she speaks about the process of moving on from a painful breakup – and even ponders how she'd cope with losing Romo.

"If this article comes out and we're not together, I'd still love him, and he'd still be a huge part of who I am today," Simpson, 29 tells Glamour in its September issue.

Simpson compared the end of a relationship to "a death in the family."

"You go through the mourning stage, then the rebellion, and then all of a sudden you have to find life by yourself," she says. "Once you do that, you feel complete – and that's the only time you can truly fall in love again, and give yourself over completely to another person."

Life for Simpson now is filled with projects. Her fashion design line, the Jessica Simpson Collection, is expected to reap hug earnings (Glamour estimates around $450 million). And she's got a new VH1 show, The Price of Beauty, where she travels the world discovering what constitutes beauty in other cultures.

"Whether wearing rings to elongate your neck in Thailand or having plastic surgery in Brazil, women all over the world go to [great] lengths to feel beautiful," she says. "It's not fair that women look in the mirror and feel disgust because of what society has made them believe."

That idea especially appeals to Simpson, who was criticized over a recent weight gain. "I absolutely, 100 percent do not agree with how the media has made everyone [body] obsessed," she said. "And they do have the power to do it. Celebrities aren't perfect. It's amazing to me how much thought is put into a woman's figure on tabloid covers."

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